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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 1, 2012


2 charged in four-pizza armed robbery

Two suspects have been identified in a knife-point robbery that netted four pizzas and nothing else. Manuel Torres, 21, has been charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery for the Jan. 29 heist in the area of 1800 W. Gardner Ave. A…

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Child rapist registers as local transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Christopher Michael Foster, 27, was convicted by a jury of four counts of third-degree child rape in 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who he met after she…

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The Spokane police SWAT team prepares for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Feb. 29. (Spokane Police Department)

SWAT raid nets meth, heroin, 5 arrests

Members of the Spokane Police Department prepare for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Wednesday. (SPDphotos) Drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team raided a home in southeast Spokane Wednesday night after citizen complaints led…

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Man arrested w/ burglary tools, again 

A man arrested during a vehicle prowling patrol in the Morgan Acres area of north Spokane County in January was arrested again early today by the same deputy during another patrol in the same area. Yuriy V. Siriy, 22, had a large bulge sticking out…

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Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Con man admits swindling elderly aunt 

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (S-R archives) A convicted con man already due to serve more than two years in federal prison has resolved a three-year-old identity theft case in Spokane County. John Earl Petersen, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to…

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Use of force panel holds 1st meeting 

The interim Spokane police chief and a Gonzaga University Law School professor were among the presenters Wednesday at the first meeting of Spokane's commission on police use of force. Jason Gillmer, civil liberties expert, described the need for officers to be held to an "objective…

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Edwards fired after woman's 911 call 

A senior Spokane police officer has been fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar. Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was…

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Thoma sues city after settlement rejected 

The fired police sergeant who was caught driving drunk and leaving the scene of a collision filed a lawsuit against the city on Tuesday for wrongfully firing him. Bob Dunn, the attorney representing fired Spokane police Sgt. Brad Thoma (pictured), said the suit is a…

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